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Re: Eighth Wonder of the Literary World
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2777  Friday, 7 December 2001

From:           Martin Steward <
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Date:           Thursday, 6 Dec 2001 19:14:39 -0000
Subject: 12.2758 Re: Eighth Wonder of the Literary World?
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2758 Re: Eighth Wonder of the Literary World?

Dan Smith is "still being cross about a similar list of the best films
which formed part of a lengthy television show on Channel 4 and was
widely reported here (the best film ever made was Star Wars). The
problem with this is that excellence, like beauty, is in the eye of the
beholder. All such lists say more about us than about the works in
question; they are determined by who you ask and when".

Hmmm. I was cross, too, but also intrigued. Does anyone else find it
strange that the Star Wars trilogy / tetralogy / nonalogy, so obviously
meant as Der Ring Des Nibelungen on film in space, enjoys the same kind
of cultural dominance in the West in 2001 as Der Ring Des Nibelungen did
in 1901? What does this tell us about the imperatives of mythopoesis? Or
indeed the about what has become of Western culture over the past
hundred years....?

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